Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Studio Headphone Review 2022

Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Studio Headphone Review 2022

Audio-Technica is one of our (and the rest of the world’s) favourite headphone brands, offering a wide range of high-quality models. The immensely popular ATH-M50x appears to be everywhere, both in studios and on the streets, but the entry-level M20x outperforms it in several aspects. Perhaps the ATH-M20x is deserving of more attention?

Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Studio Headphone Performance

Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Studio Headphone Performance

The M20x has been expertly tuned by Audio-Technica! These are now among the top 7 closed-back headphones we’ve tested for neutral frequency response, and they’re by far the most cheap of the lot! This makes them an excellent choice for computer-free installations that don’t have access to Sonarworks Reference calibration. Most headphones have a high-mid cut and a high-frequency boost, but the M20x’s are relatively cautious in this regard, cutting and raising only 5 dB. The low end is almost flat down to 60 Hz; unfortunately, they don’t extend any lower, but calibration can help.

Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Studio Headphone Design

Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Studio Headphone Design

The M20x is extremely light, weighing only 190 grammes without the cable. This is accomplished by employing lightweight plastic throughout the construction, with the headband adjustment rails being the only visible metal pieces. Although the cable is not detachable, which is common in this price range, Monoprice manages to include it in headphones that are less than half the price of the ATH-M20x.

The headband is excellent, as are the ear pads, which are comparable to those found on more expensive M series headphones. Despite the extensive usage of plastic, the M20x appear to be able to take a battering. It’s a shame that the wire that joins the left and right ear cups before entering the headband leaves a small piece of cable exposed, which could provide a failure point.

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Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Studio Headphone Value

At under $50, we’re talking about a very outstanding frequency response. For a very low price, this is a pretty serious tool. The price is fantastic!

Pros
  • One of the most neutral sounding closed backs out there
  • Great value
  • Improved sub-bass extension
  • The mid-range dips and high frequency boost ironed out
Cons
  • No detachable cable
  • Comfort could be better

Final Thoughts


The ATH-M20x are closed-back headphones with a very natural sound that are ideal for mixing and tracking. They also offer a lot of bang for your buck. When it comes to studio work, M20x is arguably a better choice than M50x for genres that don’t require surgical precision in the sub bass zone.

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About the Author: Sara Khan

For almost 5 years, I've been passionately blogging about headphones and audio technologies. Hundreds of headphones were tested and tried. Always on the lookout for the "best-value-for-money" headphones. Today, I'm more concerned with back-end content creation and technical concerns.

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